On the Mutual Relations Between Anatomy, Physiology, Pathology, and Therapeutics, and the Practice of Medicine

On the Mutual Relations Between Anatomy, Physiology, Pathology, and Therapeutics, and the Practice of Medicine

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1842 edition. Excerpt: ...of arterial blood is circulated in asphyxia, and disease and death occur. By bearing in mind these various facts, we are enabled to appreciate the effects of partial as well as complete asphyxia, and to understand the secondary as well as the primary forms of that pathological condition. Venous blood, being deficient in oxygen, ceases to stimulate all the organs, the cerebrum, the medulla oblongata, the heart itself; and hence the loss of consciousness, the impaired respiration, the impaired action of the heart; but being also surcharged with carbonic acid, it actually poisons or morbidly irritates these same organs; and hence the gaspings, the convulsive acts of expiration, and other forms of convulsion; and we are not surprised to find that it ceases to flow along the minute and capillary vessels. I proceed to notice the different forms of asphyxia. Gradual Asphyxia. Gradual asphyxia occurs in the cases in which the atmosphere has become surcharged with carbonic acid, from the use of a charcoal fire without sufficient exit for the smoke, or ventilation. Interesting questions are--With what degree of addition of carbonic acid does asphyxia begin? and--With what further addition of carbonic acid is asphyxia sudden and complete? and--May asphyxia be so sudden and complete with a proportion of carbonic acid which still admits of the air in which it is contained being inspired through the larynx?--or sustain the combustion of a lighted candle? Other interesting questions are--Whether gradual and sudden asphyxia are the same disease--the same pathological condition? and especially--Whether the modes of treatment, under apparently similar circumstances, should be the same? These questions present a subject of inquiry which can be fully pursued by...show more

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  • Paperback | 34 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 82g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236557158
  • 9781236557155